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Poker players in the US and Canada can win one of the last remaining Platinum Passes for the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) 2023 by sharing their best poker hand story with Jennifer Shahade. Here are all the details.

Poker players love to tell stories. Whether it’s a brutal bad beat or the time you trapped a crusher, we can often recount particular hands in alarming detail. 

And for one poker player in North America, that’s about to pay off.

In an epic new competition brought to you by PokerStars and PokerStars Ambassador Jennifer Shahade, you could win a Platinum Pass worth $30,000 simply by spinning your yarn one more time.

Here’s how.


If you live in the US or Canada, start thinking about the most interesting hand you’ve ever played. Perhaps you held seven-deuce offsuit. Perhaps you held pocket aces. 

Then start thinking of the best way to tell the story of the hand, because it might just win you a Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) 2023, which takes place in January in the Bahamas.

The competition–which runs from 12pm on Thursday, December 1 until 12pm on Wednesday, December 14–will see the PokerStars community submit their most formative or memorable poker hand, providing an explanation as to what makes it so special, with the freedom to focus on strategic insights, dramatic tension, colourful villains, or shocking results, with creativity and humour encouraged.

It’s all based on Shahade’s award-winning podcast The GRID, on which guests weave their own tales based on a particular no limit hold’em starting hand.

The contest will see one lucky winner awarded a coveted Platinum Pass to the sun-drenched Bahamas in January 2023, with a package worth $30,000 including:

  • $25,000 buy-in to the PSPC
  • Six nights hotel accommodation for the winner and a guest in a 5-star hotel 
  • Airport transfer 
  • $1,900 expense money 
  • Platinum Pass winner experiences during the event 



To be in with a chance of winning the Platinum Pass, contestants should submit their entry to with the subject line: Platinum Hand + [Your Name]

All emails should provide a link to an audio/video/or text file on Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo or a blog, along with the following details:

  • Full name
  • Country of residence
  • An ‘about me’ section (two or three sentences)
  • Submission link to YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, blog post, or text

If you’re posting your entry on your personal social channels, make sure you use the hashtag #PlatinumPokerHand so that others can take a look and get involved.

Suggested time frames for entries are one to six minutes for audio/video, and 300-2,000 words for blog/text.

Judges will include none other than Sam Grafton, Maria Ho, Keith Becker, Mark Foresta, Alex O’Brien, and Brad Willis, who will pick a winner based on the following factors:

  • Creativity / Originality
  • Presentation
  • Insightfulness
  • Flow
  • Overall Impact

This is one of the last opportunities to win a Platinum Pass and book your seat at the PSPC 2023. Don’t miss it!

Terms and conditions apply. Click here for all the info.


Shahade’s podcast The GRID invites guests to share stories linked to a particular poker hand.

Jennifer Shahade, here playing one of the 169

For example, PokerStars Team Pro Fintan “easywithaces” Hand discussed two pivotal hands he played with ace-ten offsuit, while Chris Moneymaker cited a hand he played with five-three suited against movie star Ben Affleck shortly after winning the 2003 World Series of Poker Main Event.

There have been 71 episodes so far, at the time of writing, with other guests including Georgina “GJReggie” James, Liv Boeree, Nick Schulman, Maria Konnikova, Dara O’Kearney, Doug Polk, Bill Perkins, Sam Greenwood, Daniel Dvoress, Andrew Lichtenberger, and Dan Smith.

But with 169 possible two-card poker hand combinations in no limit hold’em, there’s still plenty more to come from this popular podcast. 

In March 2020, The GRID won the Global Poker Award for Best Podcast.

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